Chevron has awarded a $5 million grant to support the Men’s Advocating Real Change (MARC) program of Catalyst, a non-profit organization that advocates for women’s rights. The program aims to engage male executives to become champions of gender diversity.
Catalyst president and CEO Lorraine Hariton explained that they want to give men the tools to help them intentionally advocate for women in the workplace. These tools include an immersive training program where leaders can uncover unconscious privilege and biases, discuss gender stereotypes and explore strategies for developing productive partnerships with women.
According to a study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, the oil and gas industry has one of the lowest percentage of women employees.
Energy companies have already started pushing for gender diversity after recognizing the need to address unconscious biases that sometimes prevent top talent from advancing to senior level positions.
For Chevron, its diversity statistics significantly improved from 2010 to 2019. Female representation on the company’s board increased from 6% to 36%, while representation in management grew from 11% to 20%. The company implemented the MARC program in 2016 and it is already reaping benefits including an increased awareness of unconscious bias and its unintended consequences.